We’re deep in marathon training at the moment (yes, I know that makes it sound like we’re in the jungle, which could be about right – we’re drawing on all our resources and soldiering on even when we’d rather lie down in the shade of a tree and have a snooze). We’re also hungry a lot of the time and a little bit on the tired side. But help is at hand, people. We have discovered/invented the ultimate recovery drink. This is da bomb and then some! It’s delicious, refreshing and packed full of protein and healthy nutrients to help to get you back on track (for your next run, wahahahaha!)
Actually, it’s really tasty anyway, whether you’re a runner or not. Be warned, though, it’s not high in calories but it is quite filling so don’t drink too much or won’t get round to having your dinner. It’s a great breakfast shake too; if you’re in a hurry to get out of the door, this will keep you going ’til elevenses.
Two things to note:
1 You need to soak the chia seeds in water – use one tablespoon of water to one teaspoon of chia seeds. Pop it in the fridge (I usually put it in a tiny tupperware) for about half an hour. It will go a bit gelatinous, which is exactly how you want it.
2 I used soya milk but you can use any milk you like – cow, goat, almond, rice, whatever you fancy.
Keep any you don’t use in the fridge – it’s good the next day too. Just give it a shake.
Chia Seed Chocolate Mint Protein Shake
Makes 2 servings
2 teaspoons chia seeds – we got ours from Naturya
600ml soya milk (or any other milk)
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
3-4 drops natural peppermint essence
Agave syrup to taste
1 Soak the chia seeds in 2 tablespoons water for at least half an hour (or while you’re out for a run!)
2 Place all of the ingredients except the agave syrup in a food processor (or use a stick blender) and buzz until slightly frothy.
3 Add agave syrup to taste – depending on how sweet your tooth is, between 1 teaspoon and 1 tablespoon should do the trick.
Enjoy! This really is delicious…